Fiesta Musical Celebration at National Zoo Sunday September 16 + More Zoo Happenings

Sunday, September 16 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

From the National Zoo’s website:

Free and open to the public!

¡Celebramos! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo!

With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone.

  • Special family activities
  • Animal demonstrations and feedings
  • Making authentic Hispanic crafts
  • Hispanic and Latino music, including the award-winning musician Benito Gonzalez
  • Gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar
  • Educational activities highlighting South American animals
  • Live entertainment including costumed dancers and a special performance by the Wizard Girls
  • Crafts available for sale will including handmade jewelry, sweaters, clay sculptures, bags, finger puppets, and drums

More upcoming events at the Smithsonian National Zoo:

American Trail Now Open! — Visit California sea lionsincluding the pup born in June 2011gray seals, bald eagles, gray wolves, ravens, beavers, river otters, brown pelicans, and merganser ducks, and marvel at the diversity of America’s treasures.

Grapes With the Apes Thursday September 20 6-9pm — Sample wines from local and national wineries and vineyards. Enjoy live music and exclusive after-hours access to the Great Ape House. General admission: $40 FONZ members, $55 non-members.

Cross Your Fingers for a New Baby Panda! — Mei Xiang will either give birth to a cub or experience the end of a pseudopregnancy in 40 to 50 days. Mei Xiang has had five consecutive pseudopregnancies since 2007, but delivered a healthy cub, Tai Shan, in 2005. She was artificially inseminated in April, so it is possible that she will welcome her second baby this fall!

Special Cheetah Tours Ongoing Through September 30 — Go behind-the-scenes at the Cheetah Conservation Station with an exclusive tour that enables you to see the animals up close and see their feeding, as well as enjoy breakfast, take home a unique gift and more special-ness.

The Zoo Has a Smartphone App — If you and your family are FONZ members or frequent zoogoers like us, you will love the new mobile app. It is available for iPhone now for $1.99 at the App Store and will be available for Android in the next few weeks via Google Play for $1.99. The app provides helpful tips for navigating the 163-acre park and in interactive map, daily animal demonstration and special events schedules so you won’t miss any coolness when you are on-site, tips for visiting with kids and more kid-friendly features of the Zoo.

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